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I can't imagine that Jan van Cleeff, who is the editor of IMP, would write this if he wasn't convinced. He is usually well informed.
June 23
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Or the accident Danish dentist John Trelde, inventor of the Copenhagen Convention, had in the 60's when he forgot his own convention playing with Steen Møller and conceded 3400 in a high-level redoubled contract.
June 22
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Tom Jacob, playing for New Zealand seniors, writes on my Facebook timeline:

“I held the hand on the right and the bidding went 1C (1H) 1S 4H 4NT 5D which I doubled to get a D lead thereby ensuring declarer actioned the Vienna Coup. On the ball as usual Tom!”

Lovely sense of humour.
June 15
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Steve, would you have raised hearts, both green, with a 3442 Yarborough? South had 752 9874 9765 54
June 15
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The Vienna Coup line was the winning one when North was dealt 0535 including K and Q. Australia's Sartaj Hans played for clubs to break and went one down.

Funnily enough, Australia gained 5 IMPs because CHK at the other table landed in the less elegant contract of 6. Five off.
June 14
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The lead was 4 (in principle fourth best) and North discarded 2 if that has any significance. Whether that was an attitude or a count signal I don't know, but opps will hardly be honest no matter what.
June 14
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Thomas, they have 9 hcp between them and North overcalled. How much do you think South has?
June 14
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The closest you get to ‘illegal’ is stated in Law 74.B.1. regarding etiquette.

As a matter of courtesy a player should refrain from:
1. paying insufficient attention to the game.
June 7
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Mazel Tov and good luck in China! And very well done to Team Donner. You had a great run and deserved to be in the finals.
May 29
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Good to get it right, Dennis. I replied to Tom Townsend's comment before reading yours. No matter how the clubs were played it doesn't take anything away from Harding's duck of the first club, win of the second and the switch to K.
May 11
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At the time, our operator, Dennis Stuurman, said that he didn't see which card South played on the first round of the suit and clicked on the king. Then the table crashed and when we were back West was on lead. Then we saw, with a club still in the South hand, that Harding exited with the king of diamonds. So we don't even know how long the pause was.

It is actually likely that declarer inserted the ten on the first round of the suit because on my Facebook timeline, where the deal also appears, Marianne Harding writes “Thank you Roland. You are way too kind.”

If the clubs were not played the way I describe, I am pretty sure that Harding would have mentioned it.
May 11
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You still have to find it at the table. It's usually a coup you read about in books.
May 11
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I have no intention of reading 250+ comments, so apologies in advance if this has been mentioned upthread. Did the Anti-Doping Hearing Panel also unanimously decide that Zimmermann must be spelled incorrectly twice?
March 1
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He did, but Drewski could have countered by switching to a club after winning K. That would break up the squeeze.
Nov. 27, 2018
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You mean September I'm sure.
Sept. 21, 2018
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You can get another two languages if you add Danish (or Norwegian): æøÆØ. You have åÅ already.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I'm merely the messenger, Peter. I'm clueless as far as technology is concerned. If no BBO technician sees this and explains, I suggest that you send an email to support (at) bridgebase.com
Aug. 26, 2018
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Deleted. Moot.
Aug. 26, 2018
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I'm not a technician, so I asked BBO's Diana Eva. This is what I got back:

“Voice is not supported on the latest mobile app. It used to be, but after app was re-written without flash, voice didn't work anymore. We hope to find a solution for a future upgrade, but not sure when that will be.

I know this is not what people want to hear, but latest technologies are increasingly paranoid about allowing app access to speakers and microphone. I hope techs find a solution because I miss voice commentary on phone. Even on desktop chrome blocks access to microphone — and we haven't changed anything there.”
Aug. 26, 2018
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